Nature provides people with everything from food and water to timber, textiles, medicinal resources and pollination of crops.
Something fundamental may be shifting in the way we see our relationship with the natural world.
Depletion of natural capital is an irreversible process and steps to assess and combat this are needed urgently.
Simply protecting small forests will not maintain the diversity of the birds they support over the long run, a new study says. Forests need to be carefully monitored and managed to maintain their ecological integrity.
Green Growth Knowledge Platform asked thought leaders to share their insight on new approaches to wealth accounting and the challenges of moving beyond GDP.
Last year, WAVES program stated that “African countries lead on natural capital accounting”. The recent flurry of activity on the continent appears to support this.
Government of Zambia says it is vital to account for natural resources in calculation of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the wider national development.
While the natural capital movement has progressed significantly over the last couple of years, it was clear at the IUCN World Conservation Congress that there are many who still reject the concept.
From the health and spiritual benefits derived from nature to the many services it provides, delegates attending the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place from September 1-10, 2016 in Hawai’i will explore how valuing the earth’s natural resources impact conservation and people.